Black Forest Regional Park is still recovering from the Black Forest Fire that left it
The 2013 Black Forest Fire still stands as the most destructive and the most expensive in Colorado history. June 2018 will mark five years since the Black Forest Fire. 14,198 acres burned, 488 homes were destroyed, two lives were lost, and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The fire began June 11, 2013, and firefighters from across the state battled it into containment June 21, 2013. Low humidity, high winds, and temperatures near 90 degrees created the perfect conditions for the fire to explode in size as it jumped fire lines and roadways, expanding east, north and west. Heavy smoke impacted the city of Colorado Springs, located 20 miles south, and Denver, 70 miles north.
Get an overhead view of the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire in 2013. Captured by helicopter, you can see the acres upon acres that were affected by the widespread flames, and the extent of the damage that the forest fire caused.